Saturday, February 24, 2007

Random Thoughts on Pop Culture


Right now, I am eating a box of Junior Mints and they are really good. Other junk food guilty pleasures include Mini Ring Dings (very chocolate-y), Haagen Dazs Light ice cream, and the somewhat rare (read: occasional) Snack Wrap (Ranch, please) , courtesy of the Golden Arches. These are all consumed sparingly, thank God.

Films: Really loved Children Of Men and its fantastic camera work...thought Clive Owen played it quite well in an understated way...The Departed will be looked back on as a crime classic...Last King Of Scotland is a terrific film even without Whitaker's performance...looking forward to Casino Royale on DVD.

Tv: Is any show funnier than 30 Rock? I am laughing out loud a lot, especially at Alec Baldwin's perfect timing...The Office is also incredibly funny and clever, with Rainn Wilson a standout. Tivoing: The Black Donnellys.

Music: Saw Explosions in the Sky on Tuesday and they were great, although they went on a little long and their bass player's constant swaying motion made my wife nuts... also took the missus to La Traviata at the Met Thursday night for 20 bucks a ticket, which was terrific, just a great spectacle...coming this week: Killswitch and Dragonforce at Roseland on Thursday. Those who are metal must stay metal. Killer Album: Elementary by The End. Looking forward to: Traffic and Weather (April 3rd) by master tunesmiths Fountains of Wayne.

Books:Reading The Terror by Dan Simmons and loving it...anything about the Antarctic, I'm there; add a creature, and I'm there quick.

Oh yeah, and I'm on Facebook, which is kinda shocking ... that's it for now... Aloha, Mr.Hand.

6 Comments:

Anonymous J.D. said...

Hey Zach---

Here are my thoughts on these topics:

Right now I just finished a fruit juice bar--- usually leaves my mouth tasting pretty good. As far as junk food, I try to stay away from it. I have never had a cavity in my life, and I hope it stays that way. Chocolate is something that I truly cannot stand for some reason, I guess it is an acquired taste. Quite honestly, I am suprised you said you are able to consume that junk food sparingly, after reading that post you made after Thanksgiving! LOL!

Films: For some reason or another, I prefer watching the old ones rather than the new ones. I have written to you and commented on these boards enough by now that everyone knows what my two favorite films of all time are... but I also enjoy plenty of others (older ones). Here are my top 5:

5) "Falling Down"
4) "Serial Mom"
3) "The Good Son"
2) "Gremlins 2 The New Batch"
1) "Gremlins"

TV: Aie-Ya! An invention for fools! Basically, I don't watch anything, I just use the screen as a monitor for my DVD/VCR.

Music: The 80's was a great music decade, and I still listen to the classic hits from then. I loved Tiffany and Debbie Gibson back then (their music was good too!) and still put them on every now and then. What I do also like are instrumental film scores, among the composers I enjoy are Jerry Goldsmith (okay, you knew that was coming!), Maurice Jarre, Elmer Bernstein, and Basil Poledouris.

Books: When it comes to reading, I am more of a newspaper and magazine kind of guy. The most recent book I read was "Junior" by Macaulay Culkin. Mac's a funny guy!

And I am on Myspace rather than Facebook--- I noticed "you" have three profiles on Myspace, but I know two of them are fake because it says you live in California and you're single. The other one I am not too sure about, I have my doubts, but I could be wrong!

Take Care,
J.D.

February 26, 2007 6:29 AM  
Blogger JP Cupertino said...

Huzzah! Scorsese finally gets his due in dramatic fashion! Took entirely way too many years of snubbing, but hell, better late than never.

What I want to know is how Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls) won best supporting actress over Abigail Breslin. One of the Babel ladies should have taken it over Hudson....but ah well.

As for television, thursday nights are my night of comedy, My Name Is Earl, The Office, Scrubs, then 30 Rock (The latter of which sadly I only got into a month or so ago)

Scrubs right now is probably my favorite for pure comedy, but Earl and The Office are priceless in their wit. I feel the American version of "The Office" is really standing strong on its own, though the British version is something that I often wish would have continued beyond two seasons.

At this point though, it seems as if both are completely seperate,(Primarily with comments like Roy made at the end of last week's episode as well as the surprisingly serious tones some episodes have had) and that is a good thing for this comedy lover.

February 26, 2007 11:34 AM  
Anonymous fan! said...

goshhhh!!
Zach,cant believe i found your blog!!
just wanna leave a note..and..happy 2007!!luking forward to seeing your films!!

fan from China

March 05, 2007 11:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Zach,


I just bought tickets for Guns N' Roses, which I'll be seeing June 15th, down here in Melbourne, Australia.

Being Gunners, my instant reaction is to be jumping over the moon to see them (although Axel will be the only original member there), but only a few years ago, when I saw his performance on MTV, I remember him not singing too well.

Seeing that you've seen Axel, would you say that he is playing better these days than that MTV performance?

Should my concerns be not to worry, he's seeing better days?

Thanks Zach


btw- how was your Waxwork 2 experience with Anthony Hickox and Monika Schnarre, if you don't mind me asking?

(I'm very fond of this and you and Monika in this :)



-Justine

April 18, 2007 7:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh and how could I forget-Bruce Campbell!


-justine

April 23, 2007 2:00 AM  
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